One door closes

Today is my last day of work as an employee of Florida’s Department of Military Affairs. It’s been my working home for the last 16 years while my career with the military goes back more than 40 years to the day in 1972 when I enlisted in the Air Force. There are many fond memories of people and events, accomplishments and disappointments.

My replacement is trained and my desk is clean. The photos, certificates, plaques and other memorabilia are home waiting to find their new place in my world. I’ve been looking forward to this day for a long time, but now I have to face actually saying goodbye to some very special people. That’s going to be tough.

  • Miriam Robbins

    Congratulations on your new venture!

    • Denise Barrett

      Thank you, Miriam. It’s good to hear from you!

  • susiereynolds

    Thank you so much for your service, and congratulations! You deserve the rest.

  • Julie Goucher

    Been there Denise and it is those goodbye’s that hurt the most. Good luck with your plans for the future.

  • Denise Levenick

    Congratulations and welcome to your new career. New adventures await.

  • Cynthia Shenette

    Congratulations, Denise! Enjoy this new chapter of your life!

    • Denise Barrett

      Thank you all for the kind words. It’s an emotional day, but in a good way. Fortunately for me, this town is still small enough that I’m not really saying goodbye because many of us will run into each other a lot.

  • altiplanoadventures

    Congratulations, Denise! It’s wonderful to be able to say you’ve served 40 years and equally wonderful to embark on something new!

  • Nancy

    Change is always hard isn’t it? Even when you want the change! Rest up cuz RootsTech is coming!

  • Becky Wiseman

    Just getting caught up with Blog reading… Congratulations Denise. I know you’ve looked forward to retirement for quite a while. Speaking from experience… I know you’ll enjoy it! See you at RootsTech (yes, I’m going…)